The history of the area covers many years back to the 1700's Spanish explorers and the Old Spanish Trail and the early settlers in California. Back in the day, there was water in Mojave area. The westerly trek took a turn south into the area of Cajon and the Cajon Pass.
Our second stop finds us at the Mojave River Museum. They have a great collection of many relevant historical items. Barstow was a major hub from travelers from the East. Then you add to the basin the history of Calico mining areas and Dagget which played a key role in the area for their work at processing ore and borax, the train yards, route 66 and others. The Museum has a good bookstore (lots of off road books) and sells maps of the area, plus great historical items out front in the yard to view.
Next we travel a short drive down to BLM Discovery Center. Highlights there are the Old Women's Spring Metorite and living natural history area.
After those two spots, we go to eat as a group in old town Barstow at Rosita's on Route 66. East of Barstow Rd about a mile. Food is outstanding. Lunch special is $10.99, entree, soup or salad and drink.
Finally, on a full stomach, after passing the first Del Taco, est. 1964, we hit the Route 66 Museum and the adjoining Railroad Museum, both in an old Harvey House. (Yes, same as the old movie)
In all, the day brings a group of IH people together for fun, education and a great meal.
About 4 hours: 10am-2ish
Miles: a bit more than 20
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